BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (JTA) — A television program featuring a rabbi and the future Pope Francis was given a Martin Fierro Award, the Argentinian version of the Emmys.
Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio, now Pope Francis, and Rabbi Abraham Skorka, along with a Protestant minister, the Rev. Marcelo Figueroa, appeared on Bible, A Valid Dialogue. Pope Francis aired a prerecorded message to his production team: “You worked so hard to deserve this prize, God bless you.”
Other winners of Argentinian entertainment’s most prestigious awards handed out Aug. 6 at the Colon Theatre in Buenos Aires included an Israeli program aired on National Public Television.
The series B’Tipul, or In Treatment, won in the miniseries category — the first time an Israeli show won a Fierro Award. The show about the life of an Israeli psychologist was created by an Israeli, Hagai Levy, and produced in Buenos Aires by an Argentinian-Israeli, Yair Dori.
Other Fierro winners included local Jewish talent Diego Korol for his humor show Sin Codificar, or Danger: No Coding; Ernesto Korovsky and Silvina Fredjkes for Best Script; Dario Straschnoy for Best Advertising; Andy Kutznesoff for Best Radio FM program; and the Uruguayan actor Daniel Hendler for Best Actor.